David Parks-Ramage


Rev. David Parks-Ramage, Sensei is a United Church of Christ minister with 30 years experience teaching interfaith contemplative practices. He is a Zen teacher trained in koan practice at the Pacific Zen Institute and has been educated in Spiritual Direction at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is the pastor of the First UCC in Santa Rosa, California.

David's contemplative teachers over the years have included John Tarrant, Henri Nouwen, Gerald May, Tilden Edwards and Rosemary Dougherty.  With his deep training in Christian Contemplative practice and Zen he finds value and teaches in each tradition. Currently, he is working on the sayings and doings of Jesus as Christian koans.